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Excerpts from the cookcountyrecord.com:

A former Melrose Park firefighter has lost his appeal to overturn the decision to terminate his employment for his failure to abide by residency requirements. 

John Cannici argued that he maintained a home in Melrose Park and, therefore, satisfied the requirements under the municipal code that certain employees must live within the boundaries.  In his testimony, he admitted to renting out the house in Melrose Park and lived full time with his family in Orland Park during the three years in question.

Nevertheless, the former firefighter argued that he used the Norwood Street house in Melrose Park as his mailing address, as it was where he would call to pick up bills, bank statements, and his voter registration documents. This argument was rejected by Melrose Park’s board of fire and police commissioners, as well as by Cook County Judge Neil H. Cohen and by a three-justice panel of the Illinois First District Appellate Court. 

Cannici sued the Village of Melrose Park, the board, two of its commissioners, Fire Chief Richard Beltrane, and Mayor Ronald Serpico. He requested that the appeals court overturn the board’s decision, order his reinstatement with back pay, and award him attorney fees, all of which were rejected.

In an opinion written by Justice Cynthia Cobbs, with justices James Fitzgerald Smith and David Ellis concurring, the court found in favor of the board that “cause existed for Cannici’s termination where he admitted that he did not live at the Norwood house for this period of three years.”

The board ruled that “[t]he residency ordinance is not satisfied by virtue of ownership of the property” where “ownership of the property is not required by the ordinance at all.”

In the opinioin, Cobbs wrote: “The Melrose Park ordinance clearly defines resident and residence, and it requires its employees to maintain their status as residents during their employment.” She further stated that the court, in its reasoning, was not going to apply tests in previous residency cases that “conflict with the clearly expressed legislative intent” of the municipality.

“We find that the board properly interpreted and applied the village ordinance and correctly found Cannici in violation of the ordinance due to the three-year period he did not live in his Norwood house during his employment as a village firefighter,” Cobbs wrote.

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New ambulance for Melrose Park FD

From the Fire Service, Inc. Facebook page:

Fire Service, Inc. congratulates the Melrose Park Fire Department (IL) on the delivery of their 4th Wheeled Coach Type III ambulance. This unit’s custom ALS cabinet, Duralite CN 10 compliant interior cabinets, and Per4Max restraints are key elements to the performance and durability that Melrose Park depends on. Whelen M-series warning and interior domes and the new under ride bumper assembly compliment this unit well. Melrose Park will provide the final touch with graphics and it will soon begin servicing the City of Melrose Park for many years to come. We thank the Melrose Park Fire Department administration for the continued trust in Wheeled Coach and Fire Service, Inc. to provide solutions to their needs !

Wheeled Coach Type III ambulance

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Wheeled Coach Type III ambulance

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interior of new Wheeled Coach Type III ambulance

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rear of Wheeled Coach Type III ambulance

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New ambulance for Melrose Park

From the Fire Service, Inc. Facebook page:

Fire Service, Inc. congratulates the Melrose Park Fire Department (IL) on the delivery of their 4th Wheeled Coach Type III ambulance today. This unit’s custom ALS cabinet, Duralite CN 10 compliant interior cabinets , and Per4Max restraints are key elements to the performance and durability that Melrose Park depends on. Whelen M series warning and interior domes and the new underride bumper assembly compliment this unit well. Melrose Park will provide the final touch with graphics and it will soon begin servicing the City of Melrose Park for many years to come. We thank the Melrose Park Fire Department administration for the continued trust in Wheeled Coach and Fire Service, Inc. to provide solutions to their needs !

New Type III Wheeled Coach ambulance for the Melrose Park FD

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Wheeled Coach Type III ambulance

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New Type III Wheeled Coach ambulance for the Melrose Park FD

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interior of new ambulance

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Melrose Park Fire Department news

Excerpts from the CookCountyrecord.com:

A federal appeals court has ruled that the village of Melrose Park was within its rights to fire a firefighter for failing to abide by its residency requirements, dismissing an attempt by the firefighter to claim his termination violated his due process rights. 

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago affirmed the dismissal of due process and equal protection claims filed by John Cannici, a former Melrose Park firefighter, after he was terminated from his position for violating the village’s residency ordinance. Cannici was discharged from his position after Melrose Park found that he was not living in the village full-time.

According to Melrose Park’s village code, each and every officer and employee of the village, unless exempted by this chapter, must be a resident of the village.

The judges found Melrose Park offered Cannici exactly what Illinois law requires in cases of just cause termination: “written charges, a hearing and the opportunity to present evidence” before being fired.

Cannici lived in Melrose Park until 2008, when he bought a home in Orland Park, where his wife and two children lived. Cannici lived in Melrose Park while on duty and spent time with his family on the weekends, thus violating the village’s residency ordinances, according to the village’s Board of Fire and Police Commissioners’ review.

The court disagreed with Cannici’s claims that the review deprived him of a protected interest or violated his equal protection rights.

“In fact, [Cannici’s] counsel brought to our attention that the state court judge has found the administrative review claim in his favor and deferred further proceedings pending this court’s decision,” Judge William J. Bauer wrote in the decision. “Thus, we have no reason to believe Cannici has been deprived of his due process rights.”

The court cited a Supreme Court ruling in its opinion that states that the court has never found the Equal Protection Clause implicated in the specific circumstance where, as here, government employers are alleged to have made an individualized, subjective personnel decision in a seemingly arbitrary or irrational manner.

Thus, the court agreed Cannici’s equal protection clause argument failed.

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New engine for Melrose Park

From the Pierce Flickr page:

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new fire engine for the Melrose Park Fire Department

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Area apparatus orders

This from Josh Boyajian:

Melrose Park – 2017 Pierce Impel pumper – 1250/750/30/30. Delivery in February

Westmont – 2017 Pierce Velocity 105′ RM quint – 2000/500. Delivery in June

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2-Alarm fire in Melrose Park, 7-10-16

This from Josh Boyajian:

Here are some shots from a 2nd Alarm in Melrose Park Sunday afternoon. First companies had a 2.5-sty apartment over commercial @ 144 Broadway. The first floor was occupied by a bakery and the second floor was occupied apartments. Crews encountered fire on both floors and in the attic. Multiple handlines were in use for about 2 hours until the alarm was struck.
fire scene in Melrose Park

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firefighters at work

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fire chief at fire scene

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firefighters at work

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firefighters at work with hose line

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firefighters at work on roof

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Melrose Park fire engine

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Restaurant fire in Melrose Park, 2-23-16

From Steve Redick at the Box Alarm fire at 1040 W. North Avenue in Melrose Park (2/23/16)

Melrose Park fire truck

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Melrose Park fire truck

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Melrose Park fire engine

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Melrose Park fire truck

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Melrose Park fire engine

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Franklin Park fire engine

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New ambulance for Melrose Park

From the Fire Service, Inc. Facebook page:

Congratulations to Chief Beltrame and the Melrose Park Fire Department who took delivery of their new 2016  Wheeled Coach Type III ambulance on a Ford E450 chassis.  

Wheeled Coach ambulance

New ambulance for Melrose Park. Fire Service, Inc. photo

ambulance interior

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Area apparatus on order

From Ron Wolkoff:

  • Wheaton Fire Department, ordered a Pierce pumper; Impel FR PUC cab and chassis; Cummins ISL9 450-hp engine; 1,500-gpm single-stage pump; UPF Poly 750-gallon tank; Harrison 6-kW generator. Delivery in May 2015
  • Northbrook Fire Department, ordered a Pierce pumper; Impel cab and chassis; Cummins ISL9 400-hp engine; 1,500-gpm single-stage pump; UPF Poly 500-gallon tank; Will-Burt Chief light tower; Harrison 6-kW generator. Delivery in May 2015
  • Mount Prospect Fire Department, ordered a Pierce pumper; Quantum cab and chassis; Detroit DD13 450-hp engine; Waterous CSU 1,500-gpm pump; UPF Poly 750-gallon tank. Delivery in January 2015
  • Evanston Fire Department, ordered a Pierce, 100-foot tractor drawn aerial; Arrow XT cab and chassis; Detroit DD13 500-hp engine; Harrison 8-kW generator. Delivery in August 2015
  • East Dundee and Countryside Fire Protection District, ordered an Alexis pumper; Spartan Metro Star cab and chassis; Cummins ISL9 450-hp engine; Waterous CX 1,500-gpm pump; Pro Poly 500-gallon polypropylene tank; Smart Power Liberator 10-kW electrical/5-kW hydraulic generator/rescue power system for rescue tools. Delivery in May 2015
  • Rockford Fire Department, ordered two Pierce pumpers; Saber PUC cabs and chassis; Cummins ISL9 450-hp engines; PUC 1,500-gpm single-stage pumps; UPF Poly 750-gallon tanks. 30-gallon foam cells; Akron eductor 3096-95 Class A foam systems. Delivery in January 2015
  • Itasca Fire Protection District, ordered a Pierce pumper; Velocity cab and chassis; Detroit DD13 500-hp engine; Waterous S100 1,500-gpm pump; UPF Poly 750-gallon tank; Harrison 10-kW generator. Delivery in February 2015
  • Chicago Ridge Fire Department, ordered an E-ONE 78’Quint; chassis
  • Huntley Fire Protection District, ordered a Pierce pumper; Enforcer cab and chassis; Cummins ISL9 380-hp engine; Waterous CSU 1,500-gpm pump; UPF Poly 750-gallon tank. Delivery in July 2015

From Josh Boyajian:

  • Geneva Fire Department – Pierce Enforcer pumper, 1500/750/30. Delivery in May
  • Glencoe Fire Department – E-One Typhoon pumper, 2000/530. Delivery in September
  • Hometown FPD – E-ONE Typhoon pumper, 1500/530. Delivery in September
  • North Palos FPD – E-ONE Cyclone II pumper, 1500/530. Delivery in September
  • Palos FPD – Pierce Saber pumper, 1500/750. Delivery in June
  • Stickney Fire Department – Horton Type I ambulance on a Ford F-450 chassis . Delivery in March
  • Homer FPD – Road Rescue Type I ambulance on a Ford F-450 chassis
  • Aurora Fire Department – Wheeled Coach Type I Ambulance on a Ford F-450 chassis
  • Melrose Park Fire Department – Wheeled Coach Type III ambulance on a Ford E-450 chassis
  • Gurnee Fire Department – Road Rescue Type I Ultramedic ambulance. Delivery this summer.
  • Bloomingdale FPD – E-ONE 95′ RM tower ladder on a Cyclone II chassis

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